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Hydrologiq Deploys Hydrogen Generator with Costain
Hydrologiq has added another successful trial to a growing list of hydrogen genset deployments. This time it was with Costain on the Preston Western Distributor Road.

Hydrologiq has successfully completed a trial deployment with Costain by using the EODev GEH2 for silent, zero-emissions power generation. The hydrogen genset was used at the Preston Western Distributor Road project’s M55 compound.

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Replacing one diesel generator at a time.

Hydrogen genset collaboration with Costain

The trial is the first for Lancashire County Council in line with its carbon reduction ambitions and demonstrated carbon savings from onsite operations of between 70% and close to 100%, when powered by grey and green hydrogen respectively. Moving from diesel to green hydrogen on a similar compound could save up to 11 tonnes CO2e per month.

Hydrologiq funded the trial through an innovation grant from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which aims to support the deployment of hydrogen generators on real-world sites throughout the UK.

This innovation established significant benefits for the local community from the use of a EODev GEH2 fuel-cell and battery-integrated generator, including extremely quiet operations and the emission of water as sole by-product from its use.

The trials also showed that hydrogen could transform performance by reliably and efficiently powering an entire site compound, comprising offices, a canteen, drying room, toilets and two battery electric vehicle (BEV) charging stations.

Making hydrogen easier with Hydrologiq

Benjamin Lindley, director at Hydrologiq, said: “On-site power provided via hydrogen fuel-cell technology has the ability to make construction sites quieter, cleaner, and healthier places to work. The generator itself ran so quietly that a diligent security guard raised a false alarm that the power had cut off when he didn’t hear the expected rumble from the diesel unit. And, whatever the source of hydrogen, a fuel-cell generator only produces water at point of use, eliminating NOx and particulates.”

“At Hydrologiq, we believe that replacing diesel with hydrogen will happen quicker and safer if businesses are open to collaboration. We are grateful to everyone at Costain who worked with us to make this trailblazing deployment a success. Thanks also to our grant collaborators Blue Lightning Solutions, Speedy Services who worked with us to temporarily switch out their generator, and our suppliers: generator manufacturers EODev, and fuel providers BOC.”

Costain’s low-carbon options

Tara McCracken, Project Environment Manager at Costain, said: “Costain has set an ambitious target to be Carbon Neutral by 2035 at the very latest. Our aim is to be a clean growth leader, enabling the uptake of low carbon solutions such as hydrogen and supporting our supply chain to achieve net zero carbon.

“By 2023, every solution delivered by Costain for our clients will propose low carbon options. The successful trial deployment of hydrogen at Preston Western Distributor Road demonstrates our commitment to improving lives, today and for the future by making infrastructure sustainable and resilient. Our approach to sustainability on the project was recently recognised by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, who awarded us top marks in all categories, including Respect the Community and Care for the Environment. We are looking forward to seeing more hydrogen-powered generators on our projects in the future.”

About the Preston Western Distributor Road 

The £207m Preston Western Distributor Road is the biggest new road programme in the City Deal - an agreement between the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, along with central government and Homes England. 

The City Deal will help to deliver new infrastructure, new homes and more jobs over ten years. It will help to create more than 20,000 new private sector jobs and see over 17,000 new homes built across the area, along with new school places, open green spaces and new health provision to cater for the growing population. 

About Costain 

Costain helps to improve people’s lives by creating connected, sustainable infrastructure that enables people and the planet thrive. We shape, create and deliver pioneering solutions that transform the performance of the infrastructure ecosystem across the UK’s transportation, energy, water and defence markets.  

We are organised around our customers anticipating and solving their challenges and helping to improve performance. By bringing together our unique mix of construction, consulting and digital experts we engineer and deliver sustainable, efficient and practical solutions. 

Our ambition is to become a net zero business by 2035, while enhancing biodiversity and natural capital, and we have plans in place to deliver this. We are committed to procure responsibly and to be an inclusive and accessible business for all, enabling us to be our best while focusing on the outcomes that we deliver for people and planet. 

About Hydrologiq

Hydrologiq is a UK start-up that helps businesses build a better world for their customers, and a cleaner, quieter workspace for their employees. Hydrologiq does this by tackling the huge problem of diesel use, taking businesses on a journey towards using hydrogen instead. They break this journey into three steps: strategic planning projects, hydrogen market access, and real-world deployments. Their experience managing deployments by bringing together a diverse group of suppliers to create complete and accessible solutions, along with their fuel monitoring and refuelling expertise, gives them greater insight into the strategic, financial, and practical elements of building a future powered by hydrogen.

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